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Dale Coakley - January 17, 2012

Dale Lavern Coakley, 86, of Kearney, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at his residence.
Dale was born July 1, 1925, on his family’s farm near Arcadia to Richard “Walter” and Myrtle M. (Applegarth) Coakley.
He grew up in the Arcadia area and graduated from Comstock High School.
He entered the army in March 1945 and served during World War II. He was honorably discharged in October 1946.
On June 30, 1947, he was united in marriage to Rita Mae Benson in Phillipsburg, Kan. The couple lived and farmed near Comstock.
He graduated from Kearney State College and attended St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City.
Beginning in 1957 he served at Haven’s Chapel and the Riverdale United Methodist Church as his first pastorate. He lived in many towns in Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota and Iowa through his years as a pastor for the United Church of Christ. He also served many local area churches as an interim pastor.
He loved pastimes of fishing, gardening, writing poetry and woodwork.
Survivors include his wife, Rita, of Kearney; sons, David Coakley and wife, Nadine, of Nixa, Mo., Daniel Coakley and wife, Mary, of Hastings, and Gene Coakley and wife, Nancy, of Kearney; sister, Cleo Sawyer; sister-in-law, Barbara Luedtke; grandchildren, Crystal Coakley, Wendy Evans and husband, Michael, Randi Genuchi and husband, Kyle, Dustin Coakley and wife, April, Justin Coakley, David Coakley and Nicolas Coakley; great-grandchildren, Gabriel Evans, Nathaniel Evans, Madelyn Genuchi and Samuel Coakley; and special family friend, Carol Wolters.
He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Laurita; brothers, Leroy, Elmer and Johny; sisters, Beulah, Blanche, Mildred and Alta; and twin grandsons, Jason and Christopher.
Funeral services were Jan. 20 at First United Methodist Church in Kearney with the Revs. Gary Main and Linda Martin officiating.
Interment was in the Prairie Center Cemetery at Havens Chapel.
Military rites at graveside was conducted by the Nebraska National Guard in conjunction with VFW Post 759 and American Legion Post 52 of Kearney.
Memorials are suggested to the United Church of Christ Retired Pastors Pension Endowment Fund or Kearney First United Methodist Church for the youth.
Online condolences may be submitted to
O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney was in charge of arrangements.